Idea Store - Regular Activities

Regular Activities

Discover a wide range of regular weekly activities, for all ages, on offer at your local Idea Store.


Job Support Sessions
Delivered in partnership with Krypton Training Ltd, a specialist Careers Advice and Employment Support service provider. Helping you with the skills you need to get back to work, including creation of CVs and covering letters and support with application forms and interview technique.
For more information or to book an appointment contact 020 7375 3843 or email 
Mondays and Wednesdays 10am - 5pm

'Skillsmatch' Employment Service
Free advice on training, upgrading skills and job applications for Tower Hamlets residents. With detailed one to one assessment and action planning and support in creating or updating a CV, completing a job application form and interview preparation.  
Drop-in service, no need to book an appointment.
Ground Floor Foyer
Tuesdays, 9am - 1pm
Thursdays, 1pm - 5pm

Metropolitan Police Service Contact Point
Report crimes, discuss community issues and report lost / found property.
Ground Floor Foyer
Mondays, 5pm to 7pm 
Thursdays,- 4pm to 6pm 
Fridays, 11am to 1pm

Idea Store Job Club
Step by step guide to Universal Job Match. Learn to sign up and navigate the site. Do a self-assessment to find out your strengths and weaknesses.  Get one to one support.
Wednesdays 10am -12.30pm

BME Stop Tobacco Project
Do you want to stop smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco? Offering free help and support as well as Nicotine Replacement Therapy [NRT] for up to 8 weeks at the Smoking Cessation Clinic. If you are interested in joining the advice and support sessions please contact Abul Khurshed: 07944373783
Wednesdays, 1st week and last week of each month 4pm to 7.00pm

Make the Most of Your Tablet, Your Computer and the Internet
Learn and practice basic computer skills at your own pace.
Fridays, 2.15pm - 3.45pm

PopLaw FREE Legal Advice Clinic
Qualified lawyers offer free legal advice covering many areas of law, for example on matter relating to debt, housing, employment, consumer and welfare benefits.  Please note they do not advise on family, criminal or immigration law. Drop-in clinic  no appointment necessary.  All you need to bring is any paperwork e.g. letters, legal documents, that relate to your enquiry.
Mondays 6.15pm-8.15pm (Starting from Monday 6 February 2017)

Book Groups

Book Break
Sit back and relax whilst listening to stories and poems, or join in with the reading or conversation.
'Get Into Reading' groups are an enjoyable way to meet new people.
Mondays, 2pm - 2.45pm

Bengali Book Group - Idea-Pathok
Discuss books with fellow readers and share in the rich cultural diversity of the Bengali language and community.
First Tuesday of every month, 6.30pm - 8pm

Book Group
Discuss your favourite books with fellow readers at our free monthly meetings.
Second Thursday of every month, 6.30pm - 8pm

Poetry Group
Multi-medium, themed poetry readings, ruminations and blazing rows. We study the work of slam poets, watch videos, discuss, ponder and create our own found poems from their work.
First and Third Thursday of the month, 6:45pm in Lab 1


Story Time
Rhymes, stories and fun for Under 5s, plus time to choose your favourite books!
Monday to Saturday 10.30 - 11.15am

Reading Aloud
Relax after school with refreshments and a story in Idea Stores.
For children up to 11 years.
Monday to Friday at 3.30pm

Boys' Book Club
Especially for boys to get together and share their reading experiences. Snacks and drinks provided. For boys up to the age of 11 years
Mondays at 4pm

Girls' Book Club
Especially for girls to get together to have fun with reading. Snacks and drinks provided.
For girls up to the age of 11 years
Tuesdays at 4pm

Code Club
Would you like to learn to make your own computer games? At Code Club you can learn to make cool games, animations and websites too!
Fun for ages 7 - 11 years
Wednesdays at 4pm

Teenage Book Club
Share reading with others in a relaxing environment.
For over 12s.
Thursday at 4pm

Homework Club
Homework to do? We will help you find the answers with Britannica Online and other online and printed resources.
For 16 years and under
Fridays at 4pm

Dads' Club
Time for dads to share books with their children
For dads with children up to 4 years old
Saturdays at 11.15am

Family Reading Group
An opportunity for families to read together and share stories. Meet new families and make new friends.
Fun for all the family
Saturdays at 2.15pm

Art Club
Explore your creative side, find out about famous artists and look at how illustrations complement a story.
For children between 6 - 12 years
Sundays at 2.15pm

Older People

Prime Time
Have an enjoyable and relaxing time, meet new and familiar friends, enjoy a cup of coffee and chat with staff about new books, CDs, DVDs.
Fun for the over 50s
Mondays, 10.15am - 11.45am

Freedom Pass Application Service 
Apply for your Older Persons Freedom Pass. This service was previously provided by the Post Office.
Mondays, 10.15am - 11.45am


Pink Recycling Sacks Collection Point
Recycling bags and starch liners are available on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Residents can collect a roll of recycling bags by showing proof of their address such as a utility bill, council tax bill, bank statement or driving licence.